Often Misunderstood Word of the Day: Penultimate

People, for whatever reason, seem to confuse this word with “ultimate.” But this adjective doesn’t mean last, it means …

  1. 1 :  next to the last <the penultimate chapter of a book>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the next to the last syllable of a word <a penultimate accent>

Now that you know–or have been reminded–let’s look at some uses:

From the Telegraph:

“The book in question is the sixth in the Songs of Ice and Fire series, and called Winds of Winter. It is expected to be the penultimate novel in the planned series, followed by A Dream of Spring.”

An article title from the Notre Dame Insider:

“Notre Dame hosting several targets for penultimate recruiting weekend of 2017 cycle.”

And last, from Sport24:

“The Warriors and Highveld Lions head into their penultimate Sunfoil Series clash starting on Thursday at Buffalo Park in East London knowing that only victory will suffice.”

Think you’ve got it? If you don’t, make up a rhyme so you can better remember and share it in the comments.




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